Joan L. Marks

Published 2:12 pm Thursday, July 28, 2022

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CAPRON – Joan Loftin Marks, 78, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2022. She was born Aug. 3, 1943, to the late James B. Loftin Jr. and Hazel Dyer Loftin. Raised in the Chesapeake Beach area of Virginia Beach, Joan graduated from Princess Anne High School. She attended Longwood College prior to getting married and then moved to Franklin where she raised her family. Joan was a loving wife to her late husband, Paul Camp Marks. They traveled

Joan L. Marks

extensively and settled into a fulfilling life on Marks Farms in Capron, Virginia. Joan loved to entertain family and friends, host family holiday celebrations, plan campfires and hayrides, take the kids to put pennies on the train tracks, and play Bridge. If she loved you, she fed you and her southern cooking skills were incomparable. She lavished her loved ones with mouthwatering meals that were always topped off with a homemade pie or pound cake for dessert. No one left the farm hungry. Joan was an amazing mother to her sons, a loving Gigi to her grandchildren, a caring mother-in-law, stepmother, stepgrandmother and loyal friend to many. Joan was a beautiful and elegant woman who loved being a mother to her three boys. Her ultimate reward was becoming a grandmother and finally having some girls to spoil.

Joan leaves behind to cherish her memory, her three sons, Richard L. Drescher Jr. (Christine), John D. Drescher (Maria) and C. Edward Drescher (Amy); grandchildren, Isabel, Aubrey, Teddy, Georgia and Webb. Joan is also survived by her loving extended family, Doug Marks (wife Janet, daughters Joanna and Elise), Linda Marks Mosley (son Brian), John Marks (wife Margaret, daughters Clara and Kate), Nancy Marks Brewbaker (husband Robert, daughter Gina, son Marks), Joann Marks Trethaway (husband Scott, sons Tripp and Paul) and Texie Marks (sons Camp, Max and Christopher). Joan was predeceased by her former husband, Richard L. Drescher, Sr. and her brother James B. Loftin III. She is survived by her faithful and caring sister-in-law, Marianne Blaum, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be held on Aug. 20, at 11 a.m. at High Street United Methodist Church, 31164 Camp Parkway, in Courtland. Please join the family for a reception immediately following the service at Main Event, 110 Main Street, Franklin. Dress is casual. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your choice. Many thanks to the caring staff at the East Pavilion, Asa’s Village and Comfort Keepers for the care they provided Joan.

Wright Funeral Home in Franklin is handling arrangements.